The Bestest Butter Cookies (Rolled)

My mother in law has been making these for Christmas for years and years. I make them for all holidays, using different cookie cutters for whatever occasion. They are the best when they are frosted, but sometimes I just sprinkle on colored sugar before baking. I call them "Play Dough" cookies because that's what the dough smells like to me! (Don't worry, they don't taste like Play Dough :) Chilling time is not included. Show more

Ready In: 23 mins

Yields: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 23 cup butter, softened
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1  egg, beaten well
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 34 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 teaspoon baking powder
  •  decorator  icing, in various colors or   confectioner's sugar  icing, colored with food coloring (optional)
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Directions

  1. Cream butter and sugar well.
  2. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
  3. Combine baking powder and flour.
  4. Add gradually to creamed mixture.
  5. Chill until firm.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Roll out dough to about 1/4" thickness and cut into desired shapes.
  8. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
  9. When cool, decorate with frosting or icing if desired.
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